Special Session on: 

Differential Evolution: Past, Present and Future

July 05-08, 2017, Donostia - San Sebastián, Spain

GREAT NEWS: Kenneth V. Price and Rainer Storn won the 2017 IEEE CIS Evolutionary Computation Pioneer award for their initial development and research on differential evolution!

Aim and Scope

Differential evolution (DE) emerged as a simple and powerful stochastic real-parameter optimizer two decades ago and has now developed into one of the most promising research areas in the field of evolutionary computation. The success of DE has been ubiquitously evidenced in various problem domains, e.g., continuous, combinatorial, mixed continuous-discrete, single-objective, multi-objective, constrained, large-scale, multimodal, dynamic and uncertain optimization problems. Furthermore, the remarkable efficacy of DE in real-world applications significantly boosts its popularity.

Over the past decades, numerous studies on DE have been carried out to improve the performance of DE, to give a theoretical explanation of the behavior of DE, to apply DE and its derivatives to solve various scientific and engineering problems, as demonstrated by a huge number of research publications on DE in the forms of monographs, edited volumes and archival articles. Consequently, DE related algorithms have frequently demonstrated superior performance in challenging tasks. It is worth noting that DE has always been one of the top performers in previous competitions held at the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation. Nonetheless, the lack of systematic benchmarking of the DE related algorithms in different problem domains, the existence of many open problems in DE, and the emergence of new application areas call for an in-depth investigation of DE.

This special session aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners to review and re-analyze past achievements, to report and discuss latest advances, and to explore and propose future directions in this rapidly emerging research area. Authors are invited to submit their original and unpublished work in the areas including, but not limited to:

Important Dates

Please refer to http://www.cec2017.org/ for the latest information.


Paper Submission

All papers should be submitted electronically through: http://ieee-cis.org/conferences/cec2017/upload.php

When you submit your papers to our special session, please select "SS37: Differential Evolution: Past, Present and Future" as the Main Research Topic*.


Special Session Co-Chairs

Kai Qin

Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Email: kqin@swin.edu.au

Kenneth V. Price

Consultant, USA

Email: kvprice@pacbell.net

Swagatam Das

Electronics and Communication Sciences Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, India

Email: swagatamdas19@yahoo.co.in

Jouni Lampinen

Department of Computer Science, University of Vaasa, Finland

Email: jouni.lampinen@uva.fi

Program Committee

Several well-recognized test beds recommended for empirical studies: